Students enjoying a trip to Rome during Maymester 2018.

Art History Minor

  • Under the umbrella of the Department of History, the Art History Program offers a minor which lays the foundation for promising careers.
  • Survey and period courses in the history of western art are offered so as to introduce the concepts of art history to those who wish to extend their visual perimeter and to understand the role of the visual arts in Western Culture.

Students in Rome

(Students and Adjunct Assistant Professor Mrea Csorba during a Maymester trip to Rome )

Curriculum: 15 credits

All courses are 3 credits each unless otherwise noted.

Required Courses: 6 credits

ARHY 111: Ancient to Medieval Art

ARHY 112: Renaissance to Modern Art

Electives: 9 credits

Must be above the 100-level.

View our entire listing of Art History course descriptions to help you decide how to plan your Art History minor.


The creativity-enhancing study of art/art history can aid students in that the flexible and innovative abilities needed to create new paradigms have become attractive qualities in employees.  An art-related curriculum develops just those skills.

Employment Opportunities for Art History 

  • Teaching—certification required; graduate degree normally required to teach at college/university level
  • Art Conservation
  • Critic
  • Museum Curator—graduate degree normally required
  • Gallery and Auction House Professional
  • Appraiser
  • Tour Consultant
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Arts Administrator—combined with business
  • Librarian

Potential Employers

Schools K-12, Art Schools, Universities, Colleges, Self-Employed, Corporations, Museums, Art Galleries, Arts & Humanities Councils, TV, Theatre, Historical Societies, Film Companies, Publishers, Non-Profit Organizations, Auction Houses, Newspapers, Magazines, and Tourism Boards

Career Alternatives for Art Historians

Check out this wonderful resource created by the University of Notre Dame!

Spring Break Away

One of the most unique opportunities for those interested in Art History as a minor is the Spring Break Away. During the Spring semester, students take an Art History course here at the main campus. Then, depending on the course, those students travel to Florence, Italy or Paris, France during Spring Break and spend the week fully immersed in the culture of the nation while still engaging in a scholarly way. Students have raved about the experience and many express their desire to return to those cities as soon as possible.

Check out our Spring Break Away Flickr Page!